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Top EU official calls UK veto 'unfortunate'
Top EU official pleads with UK premier to allow EU institutions to back new treaty
By The Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) ' A top European official has called the U.K.'s decision not to back tighter rules among European nations trying to fight a worsening debt crisis "unfortunate."

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told European lawmakers in Strasbourg, France, that he and most countries tried hard to reach an accord of all 27 EU states at a summit last week.

But he said the U.K.'s request to exclude financial institutions in the City of London made an agreement "impossible."

Barroso also pleaded with British Prime Minister David Cameron not to block EU institutions from supporting the new treaty.

Barroso said "it is the European institutions that are the best guarantee that the interest of all European states, including the U.K., will be fully respected."

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